Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Arrangement
Author: Felice Stevens
Narrator: Charlie David
Heroes: Carter Haywood/Reed Kincaide
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 1 Minute
Publisher: Felice Stevens
Release Date: December 26, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Carter Haywood lives for the weekends—specifically the one weekend every month when he escapes real life, with all the pressures of work and caring for his special needs brother, to do whatever he wants, with whomever he wants. Sex is only a release; he’s not looking for love, a relationship or even a second night with the same man, until he walks into a bar and finds someone who makes leaving it all behind impossible. After one incredibly passionate encounter, he breaks his rule and goes back. He needs to see this man again. And again.
Damaged goods. That’s all Reed Kincaide sees and hears when he looks in the mirror. Anxiety and ADHD define his life and he’s learned to keep people at a distance, never letting them get close enough to know who he really is. When Carter proposes a monthly weekend of sex without strings, it’s the ideal arrangement for him. Or so he thinks. Every month, leaving Carter proves to be more and more difficult. It’s not only the intensely hot sex they have in their hotel suite; Reed wonders about the secret life Carter refuses to share.
As months pass and they grow closer Reed finds himself falling for Carter, but he needs more than hurried hugs and farewell kisses. He wants it all. Letting Reed into his carefully constructed family life could upset Carter’s whole world, but it might be the risk he’s finally willing to take, if it means keeping Reed. Once bodies are engaged, the heart is sure to follow, and Carter and Reed discover that holding on to each other is the first step in letting go of the past.
Review – Book: Ho boy, what to say, what to say. I listened to this audio and had to sit a while before I reviewed it because I was unsure of how I really felt about it. On the one hand, it starts off really slow and kind of repetitive, almost to the point that I was ready to call it quits. But, I chose to carry on, mainly because I love this author’s work, and it started growing on me. All of a sudden, interesting facts started to come to light, and before I knew it, I was totally vested in the world that was Carter and Reed.
On top of that, these two are blazing hot together. You wonder how something so perfect can take a grown man forever to figure out that it’s a forever kind of love and to grab on with both hands. But, when you have the histories that belong to both Carter and Reed, you realize they have a huge mountain to climb before they can even attempt at a forever together.
Review – Audio: The narrator, Charlie David, does an admirable job of bringing Carter and Reed to life. He has a smooth voice and stays easily in character. He used inflections where needed and kept me going when I thought I was going to call it a day. So basically, I loved it and I didn’t. I wish the beginning didn’t have such a slow start, but eventually I loved it, so I recommend you give this one try, too.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*